Hudson - Litchfield News June 3, 2011 - 5
The Placement of the Flag Signifies Silent Respect
by Doug Robinson The job seemed simple enough. Find
an American Flag already placed on a gravestone, and replace that year-old flag with a new red, white, and blue. The yearly event, sponsored by Hudson’s American Legion, has been a tradition dating back to the origins of the American Legion’s Charter in the 1930s. Each year, members of the American Legion gather and travel to Hudson’s cemeteries to place nearly 400 new American flags on our veterans’ graves. But what was not expected
was that this “simple exercise,” as I call it, took on a time capsule of its own. Moving from gravesite to gravesite, the head stones began to speak to all of those who volunteered to place the flags at the grave of America’s soldiers. Gravestones, leaning and ebbing, stretch their granite skin in an effort to allow the reader to read the writings of two and three centuries gone by. The volunteers began calling to one another
to come read the gravestone they were witnessing. Sharing experiences and sharing their respect, the movement of the American Legion volunteers began to slow as the
tranquility and as the somberness of the moment hit home. Gravestones dating back to the late 1700s silently tell the stories of brave men and women who have served our country and protected our freedoms, thus protecting our next generations to come. Respect, honor, dignity, sense of duty, and love of country screamed from the headstones. And silently, without fanfare or applause on the Saturday before Memorial Day, our American Legion members, along with family and friends, honored those who have gone before us and have protected our freedoms. They travel from cemetery to cemetery, then grave to grave, each carrying a bundle of flags and searching to make sure they have honored every fallen soldier.
Zach, 9, and Madison, 6, have been at their grandfather, Byron Zakos’, side for the last several years, honoring those soldiers who have come to their final resting place in Hudson by placing a flag at each gravesite
So as you drive by one of Hudson cemeteries this coming week, month, or year, look with pride within the lush, green lawns of Hudson’s cemeteries, and say “thank you” to America’s truest heroes. Those who gave their lives for ours. The American soldier.
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The families of Early Start Children’s Center’s four-year-old classes enjoyed listening to their children perform patriotic songs and poems in honor of Memorial Day. The presentation was dedicated to the men and women in the Armed Forces serving our country.
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